Holly Berenson runs and owns a successful bakery and loves her job, and Eric Messer, who is nicknamed just plain ‘Messer’, is a technical television soccer director for Atlanta Hawks. He’s often late for his job or can’t make it to as place he’s supposed to be, whereas Holly is organised and takes pride in her job. they are both about as different as you can get. Their best friends Alison and Peter have a baby daughter, who they are both godparents to and love with all their hearts. Alison and Peter decide to set them up on a date, but as usual Messer is late and everything that could possibly go wrong goes wrong. Holly makes Alison promise that she never has to see him again.
But when Alison and Peter both die in a car crash, Holly and Messer find out something terrible. They both have to look after Sophie forever… together. But with their intense dislike for each other and almost competitive love for Sophie, it seems unlikely that it’s ever going to work…
I loved this film. Everything that seemed like a coincidence led up to something important. One moment I was laughing and the next I was crying. There was just the right amount of time before Alison and Peter died to get you to feel attached to them and to notice their obsession with Sophie, and that meant that it was very moving when you found out that they had died.
It was obvious from the beginning that Messer and Holly were going to get together in the end, but there are countless twists and turns along the way, some of which make you think that it’s not going to happen after all and Sophie’s going to get sent off to an orphanage and there’s going to a sad ending. All the acting is really good and Sophie is adorable.
My favourite moment was when Sophie, after countless failed efforts from Holly to get her to eat her homemade gourmet baby food instead of crisps and things from jars, finally takes a mouthful and doesn’t spit it out. I think it’s small things like that that make you think how good a film is.
I highly recommend this film for everyone in the family or for sleepovers. It’s another one of those films that I want to watch again and again, and I know that I’m not going to get tired of it. This is a film to watch!
Genre: Realistic / comedy / tragedy
Estimated watching age: Twelve and up
Price on Amazon: £4.75 for normal DVD, £6.25 for Blu-Ray
Director: Greg Berlanti
Names of the people who play the main characters: Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel
Rating: ★★★★★ One minute I was crying, the next I was laughing… very strong acting and script-writing.